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Town Council Meetings--Town Council meetings are scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of every month.  A tentative agenda will normally be posted by the Monday prior to the meeting.
The next regular meeting of the Town Council will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7:00 PM, at Town Hall.  The agenda is still being prepared.
1.   The budget calendar for fiscal year 2017-18 was discussed.  Key dates were identified, including a public hearing to be scheduled for May 24th.
2.   The Pedestrian Plan is moving along.  The planner will spend time evaluating options for gateways during the week of Feb. 6.  A public meeting will be held in April to receive comments and suggestions.  Residents are encouraged to attend Town Council meetings to stay apprised of planning progress.
1.   The Pedestrian Plan continues to progress.  Property owners are being contacted as the Town Council seeks input and involvement as the Plan moves along.  Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 5:00pm-7:00pm, has been set as an opportunity for everyone to hear about the plan and to provide comment.  The meeting will be a drop-in format and held at the Danbury Library.  A letter will be sent prior to the meeting.
1.   Feasability of constructing an expandable public Wi-Fi system in the central part of town was discussed.  Further study will happen over the next months.
2.   A Request For Proposals was issued for garbage and recycling services.  Proposals will be opened on April 12th and a selection will be made at the May 3rd meeting.
3.   A reminder that the Pedestrian Plan public workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 5:00pm-7:00pm, at the library.
A special public workshop was held on April 26th.  The purpose of the drop-in event was to receive public comment on the "Connect Danbury" Pedestrian/Bicycle Plan.  A number of renderings were displayed to show the vision for connecting the center of town with government services on the west end of town and recreational opportunities on the east end.  Also envisioned was an extention of the Mountains to Sea Trail into town, including a trailhead and new route to Hanging Rock.  A multi-use Greenway on Scott Branch was the most popular idea.
Participants prioritized fifteen separate pedestrian-related projects.  The top five were:  1) Scott Branch Greenway, 2) Southern Gateway, a focal point at Sheppard Mill Road, 3) Main Street Sidewalk - south side, 4) Mountains to Sea Trail Connection, 5) Main Street Sidewalk - north side.
The Plan should be completed about mid-year.  Residents are encouraged to visit Town Hall to see and discuss components of the plan.
1.   Public hearing on the Stokes County Comprehensive Transportation Plan.  The Town Council adopted the Plan by Resolution.
2.   Destination by Design presented the results of the special meeting held on April 26th. Council discussed and confirmed priorities.
3.   Council selected Foothill Waste Solutions to provide the town with garbage and recycling services, pending agreement on contract terms.
1.   A public hearing was held regarding the proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-18.  No tax increase is proposed.  Budget adoption is scheduled for June 28th, 7:00PM at Town Hall.
2.   A new three-year contract for garbage and recycling services was approved.  The contractor will be Foothill Waste Solutions, a Stokes County based company.
3.   A new two-year contract for fire and rescue services was approved.
4.   A contract for annual auditing services was approved.  Rouse, Rouse, Penn and Rouse, LLP, of Eden, NC, will provide the service.
1.   The budget for FY 2016-17 was amended for the final time as required by law.  Total budget was $70,540.00.
2.   The budget for FY 2017-18 was adopted.  Total budget is $71,950.00.
3.   The tax rate for FY 2017-18 was set at $0.27 per $100 of assessed value.  This rate reflects no change from the past year.
1.   Discussion regarding unlawful parking on town streets.  No action was taken.
2.   Discussion regarding the upcoming Stokes Stomp Parade.
3.   Discussion regarding signs in the public right-of-way and the difficulty with enforcement.  No action was taken.
1.   A public hearing was held on the proposed Pedestrian Plan.  No public comment was received.
2.   The Town Council adopted the Danbury Pedestrian/Bicycle Master Plan.
3.   An ordinance was adopted closing Main Street during the parade on September 9th.
1.   The annual audit of Town finances has been completed.  Rex Rouse reported that the Town finances were in order and reserves were very healthy.
2.   In an effort to save on costs, town hall will switch telephone/internet service providers, moving from CenturyLink to Spectrum.  Savings will be over $600 per year and will include enhanced features.
3.   Garbage/recycling `pick up policy was discussed.  An ordinance is being prepared to clarify eligibility for pick up of residential and small business garbage and recycling.
4.   A discussion regarding Parking was continued.  An ordinance is being prepared for consideration.  The proposed ordinance will include guidance on parking zones, no-parking zones, junk vehicles, and abandoned vehicles.
1.   The Danbury Christmas Program/Tree Lighting is scheduled for Sunday, December 3, 2017.  The program time has not been finalized but the lighting will occur at dusk.  Information will be posted soon.
2.   Due to being the holiday season, the regular November and December Town Council meeting dates have been combined resulting in the next meeting occurring on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 7 PM, at town hall.
3.   A public hearing will be held on December 6, 2017, at 7 PM, to receive comment on a proposed ordinance to clarify the Town's authority to provide or contract for solid waste collection, transportation and disposal services.  This is a housekeeping issue and does not involve a change in services or cost.
4.   The future of the annual Stokes Stomp Parade was discussed.  The Town would like to see the parade continue but due to an ongoing lack of resources to satisfactorily manage the event, all options are being discussed.
1.   After a scheduled public hearing, Council members adopted a Solid Waste Collection, Transportation and Disposal Services Ordinance.  This ordinance clarifies the services provided by the Town.  There are no changes to current cost or practices.
2.   Council members adopted a Resolution of Support for a new trail head and connector trail from Danbury to Hanging Rock.  The trail head is proposed for Sheeprock Road and would tie into the town's planned pedestrian system.  Representatives from Friends of Mountains to Sea Trail and Hanging Rock State Park are supporting this idea.
3.   Council members adopted a Resolution of Support for special NCDOT funding for a roundabout at Sheppard Mill Road and NC 8/89.  This project, when funded, will serve as the southern gateway into town and will be an integral piece of the proposed town pedestrian system.
4.   County Commissioners reappointed Melinda Ring to the Danbury Planning Board to represent the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction of the town.
5.   Mayor Janet Whitt took the Oath of Office on Thursday, November 30, 2017, and will begin her 5th term of service to the community.
The Town Council  frequently discusses a concern for pedestrian safety as residents and visitors go about their business on Main Street.  While the design of the street is unlikely to change, we can, as motorists, change our behavior.  Not only is it dangerous for pedestrians, it has also been common for pets and wildlife to be injured or killed, as well.  Everyone is being asked to obey speed limits and to be alert for people and animals crossing the street.    Please help us out.
Planning and Zoning Board Meetings--The Planning and Zoning Board meets on an as-needed basis.  Meeting dates are advertised in advance.
Recycling in Danbury--  Danbury residents who are currently receiving garbage service are encouraged to take advantage of curbside recycling. This service occurs on an every-other-week basis.  The pickup schedule can be found under the "Departments" tab.

General recycling information can be found at www.co.stokes.nc.us

Visit Danbury!
Danbury, the county seat of Stokes County, North Carolina, is located approximately 20 miles north of Winston-Salem, NC, on highway NC 8/89. Nestled among the natural beauty of the Dan River and Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury is a great place to visit, live and work. We hope to see you soon!


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